I was introduced to Kristin and Jason from my colleague and Southern California wedding planner extraordinaire, Emma Petievich. Whenever I get a call from Emma about a potential client I get excited because I know its going to be a stellar event! I met Kristin, Jason and Emma together in the early part of this year at the location of their future wedding, the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. We met in the beautiful hotel parlor that overlooks the south end of the resort and the majestic view of the Pacific Ocean. I have had the opportunity to photograph more weddings at this resort than any others since relocating here in 2010. It is truly a gem and I don’t think it has many rivals to compete with its ideal setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions. About a week or so after the meeting, I received word that I was selected to document the Kristin and Jason’s wedding day in photographs!
When the wedding day finally arrived this past June, we could not have had a more perfect day! Most would think that Southern California always has perfect weather, but that is not always true. Those of us who live here in the coastal areas are very familiar with a phenomenon locals call “June Gloom!”. In other words, the month of June can be predominantly overcast. This year was no exception but on this particular day, blue skies prevailed! It was a gorgeous day for a wedding, particularly one at a location on the cliffs overlooking the blue waters of the south bay. The Terranea is truly a resort. It has its own private golf course with bungalows spread out across the 102 acre paradise. It was in one of these bungalows that I began my day with meeting Kristin and her bridesmaids getting ready for the monumental day…. My assistant photographer on this event was Michael Erdkamp, of Villa Park, who photographed the gentlemen in another bungalow. We both were able to capture the stories of this lovely couple and the excitement they shared with their devoted friends and family! We also were able to take advantage of the beautiful outdoor setting for additional portraits.
The picturesque ceremony followed at the cliff side trellis/chupah that was adorned with flowers. With guests seated on the lush green lawn and shimmering ocean in their gaze, the ceremony proceeded. It was a beautiful wedding with several important people having readings, both family and friends. Prior to the customary kiss, the couple’s marriage was symbolically declared by the breaking of glass, which both the bride and groom participated! The wedding party was able to take a break from the sun by convening in a private room, enjoyed some refreshments and signed the marriage license. They then joined their guests at the cocktail hour, which had several fun yard games that created a festive environment. It was at this time that Michael and I were able to steal the bride and groom away and take advantage of the beautiful sunset for romantic portraits. I don’t always find opportunities like this, particularly as a documentary photographer, but it was hard to resist putting on the portrait “cap” for just a few glorious moments! I even included some of those photos here on the blog post to show off this beautiful, romantic setting.
The reception followed as perfectly planned by Emma and the remaining evening was jam packed with toasts, dancing and celebratory happiness! Enjoy some of my favorite photos of the day above and below. Also, please take a look at one of my best highlight slideshows of the year by clicking >>>>>HERE<<<<<